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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT (PRELIMINARY)...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
335 PM CST WED MAR 15 2006

...VIOLENT TORNADO STRIKES PARTS OF MONROE COUNTY MISSOURI DURING
THE EVENING OF MARCH 12 2006 (MIDDLE GROVE...PARIS...MONROE CITY
TORNADOES)...

A DETAILED DAMAGE ASSESSMENT WAS COMPLETED OVER MONROE COUNTY
MISSOURI. THE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REVEALED THAT TWO TORNADIC DAMAGE
PATHS WERE UNCOVERED OVER MONROE COUNTY MISSOURI.

THE FIRST TORNADO ENTERED SOUTHWEST MONROE COUNTY MISSOURI FROM
RANDOLPH COUNTY APPROXIMATELY 11/2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MIDDLE GROVE
AT 933 PM CST. DAMAGE TO FARM STRUCTURES AND TREES WITHIN AND SOUTH
OF MIDDLE GROVE WERE RATED F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE. THE DAMAGE TRACK
WAS 1/8 TO 1/4 MILE WIDE. THE TORNADO ASSOCIATED WITH THE TORNADIC
SUPERCELL CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST MAINLY OVER RURAL AREAS 2
MILES SOUTH OF MADISON MISSOURI. ONE MOBILE HOME WAS COMPLETELY
DESTROYED WHILE A TWO STORY HOME SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. THE
DAMAGE WIDTH AT THIS LOCATION WAS 200 YARDS WHILE DAMAGE INTENSITY
WAS RATED F2.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST 2 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MADISON
AND DESTROYED A SECOND MOBILE HOME. AT THIS TIME A SECOND TORNADO
FORMED APPROXIMATELY 300 YARDS SOUTHEAST OF THE FIRST TORNADO AND
SEVERELY DAMAGED A HOME. BOTH TORNADOES TRAVELED PARALLEL FOR ABOUT
100 YARDS UNTIL THE FIRST TORNADO (NORTHERN-MOST) LIFTED. THE DAMAGE
PATHS OF EACH TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS WIDE. THIS TYPE OF
TORNADIC EVOLUTION APPEARED TO BE SIMILAR TO FINDINGS DISCOVERED BY
DR TED FUJITA WHEN SURVEYING THE APRIL 11 1965 PALM SUNDAY TORNADIC
OUTBREAK NEAR ELKHART INDIANA. THE SECOND TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE
NORTHEAST AND EVENTUALLY LIFTED APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS SOUTH OF
U.S. 24... ABOUT 3.5 MILES WEST OF PARIS ILLINOIS. THE WIDTH OF THE
DAMAGE AREA WHERE THE SECOND TORNADO LIFTED WAS 100 YARDS.

THIS FUNNEL TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE NORTH OF PARIS
AND DESTROYED TWO HOMES JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 15 ON HIGHWAY 15 SPUR.
THE HOME NORTH OF THE HIGHWAY 15 SPUR WAS WELL BUILT. A LARGE PICKUP
TRUCK FROM ONE HOMES WAS TOSSED OVER 100 YARDS INTO THE LIVING ROOM
OF THE SECOND STRONGER BUILT HOME ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SPUR. THE
HOME SOUTH OF THE SPUR WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED WHILE A SMALL PART OF
THE EASTERN AND THE NORTHERN WALLS OF THE STRONGER BUILT HOME
REMAINED STANDING. TWO MACHINE SHEDS NEAR THIS HOME WERE ALSO
COMPLETELY DESTROYED. DEBRIS FROM BOTH HOMES WAS DOCUMENTED OVER 1/2
MILE TO THE NORTHEAST. THE DAMAGE INTENSITY WAS RATED THE LOWER END
OF F4 AT THIS LOCATION WHILE THE DAMAGE AREA WAS 1/4 MILE WIDE. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST OVER RURAL AREAS NORTHEAST OF
PARIS AND APPROXIMATELY 1 TO 1.25 MILES NORTHWEST OF U.S. 24. TWO
MOBILE HOMES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED WHILE TWO OTHER HOMES
SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. A WITNESS NEAR ONE OF THE HOMES
OBSERVED THE TORNADO WITH NEARLY CONTINUOUS LIGHTNING. THE DAMAGE
WAS RATED BETWEEN F2 AND F3 OVER THIS AREA WHILE THE DAMAGE WIDTH
WAS OVER 500 YARDS. NUMEROUS TREES WERE EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED
OVER THESE AREAS. THE DAMAGE INTENSITY WEAKENED TO LOW END F1 AS IT
CROSSED HIGHWAY V OR APPROXIMATELY 1.5 MILES NORTH OF U.S. 24 BEFORE
LIFTING. DEBRIS FROM THE TORNADO WAS STILL OBSERVED 1 MILE NORTHEAST
OF HIGHWAY V. THE DAMAGE AREA ON HIGHWAY V WAS 75 TO 100 YARDS WIDE.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN A THIRD TIME 1.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MONROE
CITY AND MOVED THROUGH THE CENTER PART OF TOWN BEFORE LIFTING ON THE
NORTHEAST SIDE. SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED ON THE NEAR WEST
SIDE OF TOWN. A CHURCH SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE ROOF AND SIDE DAMAGE
AND A SECOND BUILDING SUSTAINED ROOF AND WALL DAMAGE. THE DAMAGE
AREA WAS 75 YARDS WIDE WHILE THE DAMAGE INTENSITY OVER THIS AREA WAS
RATED BETWEEN F1 AND F2 INTENSITY ON THE FUJITA SCALE.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS ABOUT THE TORNADIC DAMAGE
FROM THE MARCH 11-12 TORNDOES WILL BE RELEASED DURING THE NEXT TWO
DAYS.


FUJITA SCALE

F0 40 - 72 MPH
F1 73 - 112 MPH
F2 113 - 157 MPH
F3 158 - 206 MPH
F4 207 - 260 MPH
F5 261 - 318 MPH

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PRZYBYLINSKI/TRUETT/LENNING/TILLY/SPODEN

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